Fox News host Jeanine Pirro’s comments on her show Sunday about Muslim Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar have prompted rebukes from both the Left and Right, as well as her own network.
DailyWire reports: Omar was (indirectly) reprimanded last week by her own party for repeatedly working in anti-Semitic “dual loyalty” references about pro-Israel politicians. On “Justice with Judge Jeanine” on Sunday, Pirro dedicated an “Opinion” segment to addressing Omar’s history of anti-Semitic rhetoric. Stressing that anti-Israel sentiments are not a part of the Democratic Party’s platform, Pirro suggested that a deeper loyalty than party loyalty might be at work in Omar. Omar’s decision to wear a hijab, said Pirro, might indicate her “adherence to Sharia Law,” which is “antithetical to the United States Constitution.”
“This is not who your party is,” Pirro said in the opinion segment (video below). “Your party is not anti-Israel. She is! Think about this. She’s not getting this anti-Israel sentiment doctrine from the Democrat Party. So if it’s not rooted in the party, where is she getting it from? Think about it: Omar wears a hijab, which, according to the Quran 33:59, tells women to cover so they won’t get molested. Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia Law — which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?”
President Trump was right when he said the democrat party is now the anti-Israel party. Don’t forget Nancy, history has proven over and over when you appease to anti-Semitic sentiment, the worst happens. #OpeningStatement pic.twitter.com/vrnzhcu95o
— Jeanine Pirro (@JudgeJeanine) March 10, 2019
She came back to it pic.twitter.com/eSHX2Bz98X
— John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) March 10, 2019
Pirro’s comments were met with backlash from both the Left and Right. Fox News likewise came forward to condemn Pirro’s comments.
“We strongly condemn Judge Jeanine Pirro’s comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar,” Fox said in a statement the statement to Mediaite Sunday. “They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly.”
Pirro has responded to the backlash with her own statement, saying she was just trying to “start a debate” and challenging Omar to come on her show.
“I’ve seen a lot of comments about my opening statement from Saturday night’s show and I did not call Rep. Omar un-American,” said Pirro. “My intention was to ask a question and start a debate, but of course because one is Muslim does not mean you don’t support the Constitution. I invite Rep. Omar to come on my show any time to discuss all of the important issues facing America today.”
Trump responded to the Democrats passing the watered-down resolution condemning anti-Semitism — a resolution that failed to actually name Omar — by declaring the Democrats to be the “anti-Israel party and anti-Jewish party.” In a tweet last week, Trump said, “It is shameful that House Democrats won’t take a stronger stand against Anti-Semitism in their conference. Anti-Semitism has fueled atrocities throughout history and it’s inconceivable they will not act to condemn it!”
It is shameful that House Democrats won’t take a stronger stand against Anti-Semitism in their conference. Anti-Semitism has fueled atrocities throughout history and it’s inconceivable they will not act to condemn it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 6, 2019